"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."

St Augustine

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."

Thomas á Kempis

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."

St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

About "MAN"

1.

Who made you?

 

God made me.

 

2. Why did God make you?
 

God made me to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world, and be happy with Him forever in the next.

 

3. To whose image and likeness did God make you?
 

God made me to his own image and likeness.

 
4. Is this likeness to God in your body, or in your soul?
 

This likeness to God is chiefly in my soul.

 
5. How is your soul like to God?
 

My soul is like to God because it is a spirit, and is immortal.

 
6. What do you mean when you say that your soul is immortal?
 

When I say my soul is immortal, I mean that my soul can never die.

 
7. Of which must you take most care, of your body or of your soul?What must you do to save your soul?
 

I must take most care of my soul; for Christ has said, 'What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?' Matt. 16:26.
 
(In Catholic theology, the soul and body are not opposed to each other. The human body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, made to the image and likeness of God. Salvation is for the whole person, both body and soul.)

 
8. What must you do to save your soul?
 

To save my soul I must worship God by Faith, Hope and Charity; that is, I must believe in him, I must hope in him, and I must love him with my whole heart.

 
9. What is faith?
 

Faith is a supernatural gift of God, which enables us to believe without doubting whatever God has revealed.

 
10. Why must you believe whatever God has revealed?
 

I must believe whatever God has revealed because God is the very truth, and can neither deceive nor be deceived.

 
11. How are you to know what God has revealed?
 

I am to know what God has revealed by the testimony, teaching, and authority of the Catholic Church.

 
12. Who gave the Catholic Church divine authority to teach?
 

Jesus Christ gave the Catholic Church divine  authority to teach, when he said, 'Go ye and teach all nations.' Matt.28:19